Submission to Support the Abolition of Corporal Punishment in Schools in Guyana

SASOD, as a human rights group, is in full support of abolishing corporal punishment in schools. Physical violence is masked as corporal punishment in all spheres of Guyanese society, homes, schools and other institutions, and it is a significant contributing factor to the violence that prevails and plagues our society today. Such behavior towards children teaches them at an early age that resorting to violence is an acceptable way of dealing with:

Opening remarks by Sir Shridath Ramphal at the showing of the film ‘Call Me Kuchu’

My first words must be of thanks to Tim Otty for the generosity of his words of introduction. I have been fortunate to have lived a life in which I was privileged to pursue noble causes like the one that brings us here tonight and in doing so to work with dedicated men and women like Tim. I learnt that together, against the odds, we could prevail. If there is one message I could leave tonight, it is to counsel you that in this matter, too, we shall prevail.

Statement at the Help & Shelter's Observance of IDEVAW 2012

The Society Against Sexual Orientation Discrimination (SASOD) stands with all women today as we observe International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. As the world observes this particular day many women are still suffering violence daily. Some are raped, some are subjected to physical, emotional and psychological abuse while some have the challenging task of moving beyond the abuse as survivors.

Statement on Inappropriate Kaiteur News Front Page Picture

On Saturday, June 2, Kaieteur News published a picture on its front page which showed a man beating a woman. This picture was published at a time when the intensity of male violence against women has increased.

Statement on Government of Guyana UPR Consultations

The Society Against Sexual Orientation Discrimination (SASOD) welcomes the commitment of the Guyana government to host consultations on issues related to matters of law reform on sexual orientation and gender identity, as part of its obligations to report back to the United Nations Human Rights Council for the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) process on these and other recommendations by September 2012. However, we are disappointed that the Cabinet Secretary, Dr. Roger Luncheon, misled the Guyanese public that the focus of these consultations is on "decriminalization of same-sex unions," as reported by Demerara Waves. The Cabinet Secretary, as well as the Presidential Advisor on Governance and the cabinet sub-committee on governance, should fully well know that same-sex unions, or "gay marriage" as one newspaper headline has already indicated, are not the subject of the state' obligations which are presently being considered under Guyana' UPR.

Statement Against the Criminalization of HIV Transmission

The Society Against Sexual Orientation Discrimination opposes the Criminalisation of HIV Transmission which is under consideration by the Parliament of Guyana. SASOD's presentation to the Special Select Committee considering the Resolution 129 of 2010 has noted several reasons why such a law would reverse the progress being made in Guyana to combat the HIV/AIDS epidemic.